Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Draisaitl Fined, not Suspended for Spearing Incident

Good news came to the Edmonton Oilers in the form of a hefty fine on Wednesday. Leon Draisaitl was filed the maximum allowable amound under the CBA, and avoids suspension for his spear to the groin of Sharks forward Chris Tierney. That means Draisaitl, with a few less Canadian dollars in his wallet, will be in the lineup for the Oilers when the host the Sharks for a crucial Game 5 on Thursday at Rogers place.

Draisaitl, who was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct on the play, has never been fined or suspended before. The NHL has always been more lenient on first-time offenders.

The 21-year-old German was the Oilers second-leading scorer in the regular season with 77 points but he has struggles in the playoffs. He has zero points in four games with just one shot on goal for the Oilers thus far. On Sunday he was taken off of Connor McDavid's line and moved down to center Zack Kassian and Drake Caggiula.

Nobody seems to be sure what is ailing Draisaitl, but many took notice that he skipped practice on Monday and Tuesday despite still playing on Game 4 on Tuesday evening in San Jose. He hasn't been effective at all for Edmonton in this series, but he'll get a chance to redeem himself on Thursday.